The Balsillie Papers provides clear, concise, peer-reviewed articles about today’s most complex issues in global governance and international affairs.


Gender and Protection in UN Peacekeeping: Towards Inclusive Protection Practice

Even as the protection of civilians (PoC) and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agendas have become part of the UN, the organization still struggles to shed a reputation for being unable to protect women in conflict zones.

Women in UN


Climate lessons from the
global response to COVID-19

Hind Al-Abadleh
Scientific evidence is now mounting on the short-term improvements this ‘natural experiment’ of pandemic lockdowns has had on levels of carbon dioxide and pollutants typically used as air quality indicators.

The Downstream Implications of the EU-China Investment Agreement: Lessons from Trade

Michael D. Sampson
The EU should refrain from proceeding fully with the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) until more questions are answered and ambiguities are resolved.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Three Levels of Arctic Geopolitics

Andreas Østhagen
The notion of geopolitical conflict in the Arctic continues to make media headlines. Today, this focus has shifted to concerns about the strategic positioning of, and increased tension between, NATO countries and Russia, with a dash of Chinese interests on top.